Palisades Charter High School

Student Support Services

Pali is dedicated to providing support for student success in our academic programs.  Student Support Services provides oversight and guidance for Intervention / Support Programs, Special Education, Section 504 Accommodation Plans and assists parents and students in requesting applications for test accommodations through the College Board and ACT.

Our department assists students, teachers and counselors in identifying resources to support student success.

Are You Puzzled?

Are You Puzzled? (Spanish)

If your student is experiencing difficulty in a class, please contact the teacher as soon as you are aware of the difficulty.  All faculty / staff contact information can be found on our website.  Ideally, through communication and collaboration between parent and teacher, your student will attain success.  

Tutoring is available through teachers / departments and through our Study Center.  You may access information about available tutoring through your student’s teacher or through the Study Center by contacting Melinda Meinen, our Study Center Coordinator, at ext. 6644.

If after collaboration with your teacher, your child is still experiencing difficulty, please contact your student’s counselor who can provide additional support and guidance.

Students with Disabilities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal law that requires the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with a disability.     

A student is considered to have a disability if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  A student is considered to have a substantial limitation when unable to perform a major life activity that the average student in the general population can perform.  Major life activities include:  walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, and performing manual tasks.

If you feel your student may qualify for a Section 504 Accommodation Plan, please contact your student’s counselor, Mary Bush, AP/Director of Student Support Services, or Dawn Pellerin, Section 504 Coordinator.

Sec. 504 brochure

Sec. 504 brochure (Spanish)

Special Education
Students who meet eligibility requirements under the Individual with Disabilities in Education Act are provided an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  In compliance with state and federal guidelines, Pali provides a continuum of services and program options for students in special education.  Our Special Day Program (SDP) for students on a diploma track provides a smaller classroom setting where students receive instruction for core content areas by a credentialed special education teacher.  Focus is on mastery of the essential content standards.  Students attend general education classes for PE and electives.

Pali also provides a Special Day Self Contained Program for students receiving instruction through the Alternate Curriculum.  Focus in this class is on the development of functional academics and independent living skills.

The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) provides supports and services, as indicated in the IEP, for students who are enrolled primarily in the general education setting.

College Board / ACT Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
As a service to our students, we will provide assistance in requests for accommodations on college entrance tests.  Please be aware that these tests are not required for community college entry.

The College Board and ACT are organizations that provide college entry assessments for four year colleges and universities.  Students with disabilities may apply through these organizations for test accommodations.  Student Support Services can assist parents in submitting these applications; however, it is the parent’s / student’s responsibility for providing applications and all required documentation for submission. 

Information about applying for accommodations as well as documentation requirements for the PSAT, SAT and AP tests can be found at  Applications for accommodations for tests administered by the College Board are submitted electronically through the Student Support Services office.  Please include a completed Student Eligibility Form, Consent Form for Student Request for Accommodations and all supporting documentation to the attention of Mary Bush.    

Information for the ACT test and documentation requirements can be found at  We are not able to process requests for ACT.

The instructions for requests for College Board testing accommodations can be found on their website:


If you would like PCHS to submit your request online, please turn in the attached form with the Parent Consent form and supporting documentation to Ms. Mary Bush at least 9 weeks prior to the test date.


2016-2017 ACT - Request for National Extended Time Form

2016-2017 ACT - Request for National Standard Time with Accommodations

2016-2017 ACT - Request for Special Testing


College Board - Request for Accommodations Form
College Board - Student Eligibility Form for Accommodations
Teacher Survey

With all application requests, please submit required forms and documentation to Student Support Services no less than 9 weeks prior to your scheduled test date.


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Mary Bush
Assistant Principal
Director of Student Support Services
(310) 230-7240

Carolin Herrmann
Office Assistant
(310) 230-6642




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